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cardiac
2 uses
The Honorable Reuben V. Atlee was recovering from his third heart attack, with the recovery expected to be "full," if one can physically feel complete after so much cardiac damage.
cardiac = heart
From page 146.2  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally cardiac means:
of or relating to the heart
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 12, p.146.2
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crucial
18 uses
Now, based on the testimony of Lettie Lang, and her inability to tell the truth, this witness is suddenly crucial to our case.†
crucial = very important
From page 553.9  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally crucial means:
very important or necessary — often because it determines how something else will turn out
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Book18 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 3, p.32.6
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deliberate
8 uses
1  —8 uses as in:
need to deliberate
When I'm finished, you will retire to the jury room and begin your deliberations.†
deliberations = discussions

(editor's note:  The suffix "-tions", converts a verb into a plural noun that denotes results of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in actions, illustrations, and observations.)
From page 623.4  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of deliberate means:
to think about or discuss — especially with great care
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Book8 uses
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 39, p.499.1
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deposition
53 uses
Or, if he's in jail, you will certainly have time to conduct a proper deposition.†
deposition = a pretrial questioning of a witness or the resulting transcript
From page 631.6  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
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Book53 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 21, p.282.5
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dispute
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
She disputes his claim.
Because the boundary line had been disputed for so long, everybody knew exactly where it was.†
disputed = challenged, argued about, or fought over
From page 606.3  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dispute means:
challenge, argue about, or fight over
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 46, p.606.3
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establish
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
establish that there is a need
The morning session dragged on with stultifying dullness, and it didn't take long to establish that Herschel had accomplished little and taken few chances in his career.†
establish = show
From page 300.7  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of establish means:
show or determine (cause to be recognized or figure out)
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 22, p.300.7
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illicit
1 use
This had happened the previous Saturday night near Lake Chatulla, in an area of a state park where illicit behavior was known to be common.
illicit = illegal or improper
From page 33.9  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally illicit means:
illegal
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1st useChapter 3, p.33.9
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interpret
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
interpret Spanish to English
The witnesses were from Venezuela, most did not speak English, and the interpreters were not that fluent.
interpreters = people who translate spoken words into another language
From page 302.4  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of interpret means:
to translate words into spoken words of another language

(This word is especially used in place of translate when the translation is done real-time, or on-the-fly, or immediately as needed.)
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Book1 use
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 22, p.302.4
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minute
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
minute size
Stillman wanted dates, wages, raises, bosses, every minute detail, and Lettie did the best she could.†
minute = small
From page 291.8  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of minute means:
small, exceptionally small, or insignificant
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 22, p.291.8
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mortgage
18 uses
On the other hand, the check meant cash in the bank; not much by any means, but after paying off the two mortgages they would net close to $40,000.†
mortgages = real estate loans; or pledges something for a loan
From page 465.5  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally mortgage means:
a real estate loan; or to offer real estate as collateral for a loan

(collateral is something that has to be given to the lender if the loan isn't paid as agreed)
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Book18 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11, p.144
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nonetheless
12 uses
Nonetheless, she spent more time with Seth the last week of his life than anyone else, and her testimony was crucial.†
nonetheless = in spite of that (used to connect contrasting ideas)
From page 533.3  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally nonetheless means:
in spite of that (Used to connect contrasting ideas. Other synonyms could include words and phrases such as nevertheless, all the same, still,  and however.)
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Book12 uses
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 20, p.265.8
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parole
20 uses
By a vote of 3 to 2, the Parole Board had decided to release Dennis Yawkey.†
parole board = group of people responsible for determining if early release from prison is permitted and if so, what conditions should be required of the prisoner
From page 228.1  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of parole means:
conditional early release from imprisonment in which a person is required to comply with special conditions
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Book20 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 16, p.212.2
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portfolio
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
investment portfolio
A Merrill Lynch portfolio in an Atlanta office had a balance of almost $7 million.
portfolio = collection of investments
From page 181.8  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of portfolio means:
all the investments held by an individual or organization
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 14, p.181.8
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preside
12 uses
The Chancery Court of the Twenty-Fifth Judicial District of Mississippi, the Honorable Reuben V. Atlee presiding.†
presiding = in charge (with highest authority); or heads; or chairs
From page 486.7  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally preside means:
to be in charge; or to head; or to be the chairperson — especially of a formal meeting or ceremony
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Book12 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4, p.50.5
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proclivity
1 use
As it turned out, however, the jury left for the night with an even lower opinion of Seth Hubbard and his proclivities.†
proclivities = tendencies
From page 575.3  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally proclivity means:
a tendency, inclination, preference, or strength
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 44, p.575.3
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relevant
10 uses
The testimony was not relevant to the will contest.†
relevant = relating in a meaningful way to the issue in question
From page 577.8  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
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Book10 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 10
1st useChapter 33, p.416.3
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somber
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a somber mood
"Yeah, just awful," Jake said somberly.†
somberly = solemnly (in a manner that is serious—not cheerful or lighthearted)
From page 377.3  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of somber means:
serious and without humor or fun — perhaps sad
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Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 29, p.377.3
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testify
33 uses
All the work was finished; all the witnesses had testified; all the worrying about opening statements and closing arguments was over.†
testified = provided evidence of something — especially oral evidence in court
From page 623.5  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally testify means:
provide evidence of something — especially to say something under oath in a court of law
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Book33 uses
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 43, p.558.3
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testimony
42 uses
It was not necessary to replay such recent testimony.†
testimony = something that serves as evidence — especially a statement at a trial or hearing
From page 622.4  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
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Book42 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 47, p.622
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waive
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
waive the right
He says his client will agree to waive everything and get it over with.
waive = not enforce
From page 417.4  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of waive means:
not enforce something to which one would otherwise be entitled
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Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 33, p.417.4
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